While buying a new Wi‑Fi extender the biggest doubt that comes to people’s mind is that if the extender they buying compatible with their router. And do Wi‑Fi extenders work with all routers. If you are also looking for a Wi‑Fi extender and have these questions in mind, then don’t worry, this is what I am gonna discuss in this post.
Do Wi‑Fi Extenders Work With All Routers? Although all the latest Wi‑Fi extenders support the latest routers, if the router doesn’t support the Wi‑Fi version that the extender has, then there are chances that both might not work with each other. That’s why it is important to match the Wi‑Fi version of both the router and extender for working smoothly.
So, Wi‑Fi extenders might not work always with any routers. Now, how can you exactly find out if the extender supports the router or not? I am gonna discuss three methods by which you can easily do that:
How To Check Wi‑Fi Routers Compatibility With Router?
Checking Wi‑Fi Version:
Different Routers support different Wi‑Fi versions like 802.11 a, g, n, ac, ax. Now if you are wondering what are these, these are basically another name for Wi‑Fi 2, 3, 4, 5, and Wi‑Fi 6 respectively.
So, the higher the Wi‑Fi version your router has the more speed it can give (obviously the internet plan also matters).
Now, if you are choosing a Wi‑Fi extender that supports Wi‑Fi 2 only and your router supports up to Wi‑Fi 6, then there are high possibilities that it might not support the extender.
Although Wi‑Fi routers support most Wi‑Fi versions, still, if you are choosing an extender with a very old Wi‑Fi version, then it can throw some error. Moreover, such extenders can’t give good speed also.
So, to avoid these issues, you have to check what Wi‑Fi version your router exactly supports. And then match the Wi‑Fi extender’s Wi‑Fi version.
There is another thing to check if the Wi‑Fi version of your router is old, then it will be better not to go with high-end extenders unless you are planning to change the router too. Because depending on the Wi‑Fi version we can see a huge difference between the speed.
For example, Wi‑Fi 5 can give speed up to 3.5Gb/s and Wi‑Fi 6 can give 9.6Gb/s. While Wi‑Fi 3 and Wi‑Fi 4 can give 54Mb/s and 600Mb/s respectively.
So you can imagine how much performance difference you get just because of these Wi‑Fi versions. That’s why I highly recommend buying an extender just like the router, if the router has Wi‑Fi 6, then you can go with an extender with Wi‑Fi 5 or 6.
Otherwise, if the router supports Wi‑Fi 3-4, then using an extender with the same features will definitely save some money.
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Frequency For Connectivity:
The latest Wi‑Fi routers mostly support 5GHz frequency. Earlier, most of the routers are based on 2.4GHz frequency, which of course gives lower speed and stability than 5GHz.
Now, while buying a new extender, if your router supports 5GHz, then you also have to buy an extender that supports the same, otherwise, if you choose a 2.4GHz extender, you will see a drastic decrease in internet connectivity.
Otherwise, if your router doesn’t support 5GHz, then there is no restriction for you, you can go with either 2.4GHz or 5GHz routers. But remember 2.4GHz extenders cost a bit less.
Overall, try getting an extender that has equal or more Wi‑Fi versions, frequency, speed than the router. If you do this, you can get almost the same speed like your router with the extender as well.
Now, if you don’t want to keep on checking these technical features of your router or extender, don’t worry, there is another simple way to check this.
Finding From Support:
All the brands have their own support team. So, you just have to go to the official website of the extender brand which you are buying. From there you can find their contact page and ask if the extender really supports the Wi‑Fi router you have.
So, just ask them through chat or email mentioning your router’s name.
But if anything is not working for you, they also don’t worry:) till we are here, you can directly reach me by asking about it through the contact page. I will try my best to help you. Here are some other questions that people generally ask regarding this topic:
How Do You Know If The Wi‑Fi Extender Is Compatible With The Router?
For checking the compatibility of a Wi‑Fi extender with a router, first, the user has to check the Wi‑Fi version, if the Wi‑Fi version extender has also supported by the router. Secondly, ensuring using the same frequency (2.4, 5GHz) in both router and extender also makes each other easily accessible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Why Can’t Wi‑Fi Extender Connect To Router?
Generally, Wi‑Fi extenders can’t work with extenders because of two things, if both of them don’t support each other (discussed above) or the extender is installed far away from the Wi‑Fi’s range.
For getting the best speed, you have to install the extender in a place where it can get full Wi‑Fi signal, after that it will boost the signals further. But, if you install it away from the Wi‑Fi range, simply it won’t run. So, check that and match the specs before buying the extender.
Are Wi‑Fi extenders hard to set up?
Wi‑Fi extenders are not hard to set up, but finding a perfect place from where it can get enough Wi‑Fi signal from the router and can also boost the signal to the maximum area can be hard sometimes. Otherwise, it is pretty easy to connect it with the router, just follow the manual.
I hope after reading this post you can easily find the perfect extender for your Wi‑Fi router. If you are any questions left, reach us. See you in the next one, be techy:)
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